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  • Africa research in sustainable intensification for the next generation
  • Cassava Breeding Program
  • Germplasm Development
  • Roots and Tubers Crops for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi RTC- Action Malawi
  • Soybean Breeding program
  • Feed-the-future Malawi improved seed systems and technologies (MISST)
  • Putting Nitrogen Fixation to work for small holder farmers in Africa (N2Africa)
  • Integrating Nutrition in Value Chain (INVC) Bridging Activity

The IITA research station in Lilongwe, Malawi is the oldest IITA station in the southern Africa region. It was established in the country in 1987, at the request of the then Southern Africa Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Training (SACCAR) on behalf of SADC to execute the project known then as East and Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (ESARRN). ESARRN was responsible for coordinating activities in East and Southern Africa and maintaining an interdisciplinary approach to deal with major constraints to production and productivity of root crops in the region, such as the cassava mealybug disease. The first notable success achieved through ESARRN was the IITA-led biological control of the cassava mealybug in Malawi. The success of the program brought cassava into the mainstream of food policy debates in Malawi and neighbouring countries such as Zambia.

Quick Facts

Capital: Lilongwe

Currency: Malawian Kwacha

Area (total): 118,484 km2

Population: 15.4 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Contact us

Arega Alene
IITA Country Representative

+265 1707014/022

Doreen Munthali
Station Administrator

Off Mchinji Road, PO Box 30258, Lilongwe 3, Malawi,